Distortion is inherent to any lens that you use. Distortion can range from vignetting, to wide angle distortion, or to chromatic aberration. Want to use an automation to easily clean this up? In this video, Richard Harrington demonstrates how to use an action in Adobe Photoshop to remove distortion with lens correction.
- Inherit in all lenses is distortion. It could be things like wide angle distortion, or vignettes, or chromatic aberration which leads to color fringing. But all lenses have it and a lot of times if you're opening up raw photos or working in tools like Lightroom, you might apply a lens profile correction. But what happens if you forget or you realize you want to go back and do this later? Well, you could take advantage of it inside of Photoshop. In Photoshop, what you'll do is choose file, automate, lens correction.
This allows you to browse and select a folder of images or individual files. I'll choose browse here and navigate to the files that I've downloaded. Here they are in 2.7. Let's start with this folder called Nikon and I'll click okay. It loads the images inside. Now, I can decide what to do. In this case, I'll choose what type of file I want to create and where I want to store things.
Let's click choose here and select the folder called processed images and click okay. Now, what we can do is choose to let Photoshop automatically read the lens profile. This could be useful if you think the lens profiles are embedded. If they're not, you can manually click to choose and navigate to a lens profile. We have a course available in the online library that teaches how to create custom lens profiles with the Adobe Lens Profile creation tool.
This is a chart and a simple process of shooting test images with any camera lens combination. Once you've profiled the lens, you can easily create custom fixes. I'll let it do best results and I can decide what I want to do. For example, fix the geometry. Such as, wide angle distortion, remove chromatic aberration, and remove anything vignetting, unwanted darkening of the edges. We can also tell things to scale up automatically to avoid any transparency from correcting the distorted images.
This means some pixels will be lost, but horizons will be straightened. When I'm ready, I can click okay and the images will open and become fixed as you see here. You'll notice that some of the distortion is pulled right out of the photos. If we take a look at the destination folder here, let's go to processed images. You'll see that we have the corrected photos that have a lot of the distortion removed and some of the darkening at the edges caused by the vignette of the lens is pulled out.
Well, let's take a more extreme example for a moment. Now, I'm going to show you some photos from a drone. In this case, I used a drone from a company called Autel and it's profiles don't currently ship with Adobe's tools. But, I created my own profiles very easily using the Adobe Lens Profile creator software. This is free software that you can download and we do have a course available in the online library that walks you through how to use it. Let me show you. What we can do here in Photoshop is simply browse through the files.
File, automate, lens correction. Let's choose browse and I'll load in the images here. And now let's choose the lens profile. Inside the same folder is a file with the extension .lcp for Lens Correction Profile and I'll click okay. This time, I'm going to fix the geometry, the color, and the vignettes, but I'm not going to scale the images up. So you can see how much of the wide angle correction is fixed and let's tell it to extend the edge using content aware fill.
I'll click okay and you'll see the images open and a slight distortion correction is applied and the vignette are removed. and you'll see ... look at the darkening at the corners, it gets pull out and the images are properly corrected. Now, what's great about this is you can go back and fix images. So if you missed a step in Adobe Camera Raw or maybe you created a more accurate lens profile using Lens Profile Creator software, you can go back and easily fix your images.
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